Sep 20, 2011

H2Options Project in Wis. To Receive Grant From NSF

Regional educational institutions aim to develop water technology career initiatives

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a nearly $500,000 grant to the Milwaukee Area Technical College, the Milwaukee Water Council and a consortium of regional colleges and universities for the H2Options project, which aims to promote water technology education and career opportunities in southeastern Wisconsin.

The H2Options project seeks to develop new water technology programs and establish high school and university articulation agreements as part of a water technology career pathway. This project will result in the training of new water industry technicians to meet the growing workforce demands of the water industry in southeastern Wisconsin. The project has four goals:

• To develop water technology career pathways according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Career Clusters and Pathways guidelines.
• To develop new associate degree programs and technical certificates relevant to water industries, with curriculum focused on civil engineering, environmental science, water chemistry and more.
• To develop student marketing, recruitment and retention plans while focusing on serving a diverse population and promoting water technology career opportunities.
• To develop water-related internships and service learning opportunities by working closely with Water Council members and academic institutions, as well as link students with mentors in the water industry.